Our campaign to say #ENDFGM
The International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation took place February 6 to raise awareness of this significant form of violence and discrimination against women and girls. The partner organizations of the AFTER project commemorated this day with diverse events.
In Italy, ActionAid launched a digital campaign with the hashtag #endFGM. Lots of digital influencers,
celebrities and actors wore a purple dandelion, symbol of freedom and expression of a desire. The desire of a world free of female genital mutilation. Among others, Paola Marella, Caterina Balivo, Elena Sofia Ricci, Juliana Moreira, Elena Barolo and National Male and Female Rugby Teams demonstrated against FGM/C on their social networks.
Thanks to this huge mobilization, the campaign reached 750.000 people. Through its website and social, ActionAid Italy released also positive stories of women that have dedicated their life to combat FGM/C in their countries: Sadia, Elisabet, Dinah and Barbara, interviewed at the AFTER Open Day in November in Milan.
Also the other partners used to share on their social networks the symbol of the dandelion to remember 200 million women and girl subjected to the practice worldwide.
In Spain the Simetrias Foundation celebrated Saturday 11th February in Recas the International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) and presented the European project AFTER ‘Against Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting Through Empowerment and Rejection’. In the same day, Simetrias launched the "Men's Forum" with the collaboration of the Mali Youth Council in Spain and the African community of La Sagra. The public event took place at Casa de la Cultura de Recas, located at Calle Calvo Sotelo.
Simetrias is developing in Castilla-La Mancha and the Community of Madrid the empowerment paths against FGM for migrant women, girls and men from Sub-Saharan Africa, in collaboration with different African associations. The empowerment paths are carried out within the framework of the AFTER project, financed by the European Union and with the institutional collaboration of the Community Board of Castilla-La Mancha through the Institute of Women. The project targets migrant women and men from sub-Saharan Africa living in Europe.
Also the researchers from the University of Castilla-La Mancha (UCLM) participating in the European project AFTER 'Against Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting Through Empowerment and Rejection' advancing on February 6th the first results of the Baseline Review on Service Mapping, which notes the need for specific instruments, awareness campaigns and specialized trainings to prevent this practice in several European countries.
In collaboration with the project partners, an extensive search has been made for existing political and legal tools at European, national and regional level. The study notes that, although there are some instruments to eradicate this practice, "there are still more specific ones that will allow us to tackle this complex problem from multiple contexts in a coordinated way".
The same applies to existing resources and services in these countries and regions, of which very few are those who specialize in the prevention and care of women who have been subjected to mutilation. "From the more than 50 interviews conducted in the four countries to professionals who are or could be in direct contact with cases of mutilation, the existing need for sensitization and specialized training is deduced, as well as the design of strategies to coordinate the different resources at the regional and national levels", the researchers note. In this sense, the experiences in the participating countries, especially in the field of non-governmental organizations, "provides valuable information for the design of preventive actions and attention to victims," they add.
Here a press review on this study: